Often referred to as ‘the garden of England’, Kent is known for its stunning countryside and picture-postcard landscapes. However, the county is also one of great diversity, with everything from rolling green hills, world-famous towns steeped in history and, of course, the traditional British seaside holiday resort. Whether you are looking to explore English heritage, partake in adventure sports, or simply enjoy a good night out, this fascinating county is guaranteed to accommodate.
Where you stay in Kent will depend on the reason for your visit to the area. Those interested in history will no doubt wish to base themselves near Canterbury, whilst those on business who still require access to the capital will find that Maidstone has excellent transport links. Wherever you choose, serviced apartments are likely to be the best option of those making an extended stay, as they offer all the conveniences of traditional accommodation - such as room cleaning and reception services - whilst also affording a level of privacy that is unsurpassed. Our properties also come complete with kitchen facilities, which means catering your trip is as simple as it would be if you were staying at home.
Kent is one of the most diverse counties in the UK and truly has something to offer everyone. It is particularly known for its stunning countryside, and those who enjoy the outdoors will be pleased to find many walking trails across the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which make the most of the landscape. Of course, there are also numerous rustic country pubs dotted about for good measure.
Kent is also home to the historic town of Canterbury, with its skyline-dominating cathedral and fascinating architecture. The setting of Chaucer’s famous work, the town’s literary and political history is much celebrated, with several galleries and museums offering visitors a chance to learn about its fascinating past.
Towns like Maidstone and Ashford offer fantastic shopping opportunities and vibrant nightlife, and of course Margate is famous across the country as being a classic example of the traditional British seaside resort - complete with fairground and the occasional Punch and Judy show.
Kent has some of the best dining available anywhere in the UK, with michelin starred restaurants, such as The West House, in its 16th Century setting in the village of Biddenden, or unique eateries, like The Ambrette, which serves innovative Indo-European cuisine. Of course, Kent also has its fair share of gastro-pubs, such as the Compasses Inn in Canterbury, or Kings Head in Ashford.
The Bluewater shopping centre is without a doubt Kent’s number one place for retail therapy, with some 330 stores its one of the biggest malls in the country, offering everything from designer labels to high-end electronics. Alternatively, for those seeking a bargain, the Ashford Designer Outlet offers many top brands at reduced prices. Maidstone Market at Lockmeadow is also a popular place to pick up local produce and independent goods and services.
Canterbury Cathedral is an absolute must, as it is one of the most striking examples of ecclesiastical architecture in England. The town also has the Canterbury Tales experience - which is a great way of learning about the origins of modern English literature. Margate’s Dreamland is also something of a modern day icon, with rides and attractions suitable for families. Finally, the Kent Downs is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offering walks and nature trails for outdoor lovers.
Kent, as with any county in England, is covered by multiple public transport networks, including trains, trams and buses. Trains are the best means of travelling between the larger towns, such as Ashford, Maidstone and Canterbury, whilst buses cover any smaller villages and areas of interest. There are also of course, several ferry routes operating out of dover, and the Eurotunnel can be boarded in Folkestone, making Kent a great base for those may be looking to visit the continent.
Kent has an extremely diverse economy, with most major industries represented in some way, with haulage, logistics and tourism being major contributors. P&O ferries has its headquarters in the county and operates locally, as does Voyages-SNCF. Financial services is also big business, with Aitana Financial Services, Kent Insurance Services and Raymond James Investment Services all based in the county.